Weekly Photo Challenge – Shiny Bumble Bees

My latest distraction was from the new visitors in my garden – the bumble bees. One morning, my husband told me that there were bumble bees hovering over the lavender plant. I was so excited that I dropped whatever I was doing, grabbed the camera to go outside. I approached them quietly because I didn’t want to scare them away. I finally got close enough to see where they were going. But as soon I zoomed in the camera, they flew to another flower. I tried two mornings without success. The third morning gave me a better chance. They didn’t only hovering over the lavenders; they went over to the iceberg roses and stopped at each rose for a few second. It was long enough for me to take a few satisfying photos.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Elements

“For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. How do you capture something invisible like air or the movement of water?” – 

No place is like Yellowstone National Park that includes all the elements on this planet we call home. Its vast land covers mountains and flat land, waterfall, and volcano.

“Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

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 Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

I have posted photos of our travel in Australia. For this post, I include different photos to show “textures” for this week’s challenge.

We took a tour to the Sydney Opera House; my interest was to understand how the architecture was built to accommodate the curve of the roof. The close-up photo of the tile patterns explained how it was built.

While we were in Sydney, we went to Bondi Beach. I was surprised by the color and textures of the sand. It was as fine as the wheat flour.

We stopped by the park in Sydney and took photos of two beautiful sculptures. The trees in the backdrop and the bases have complementing textures to bring out the admirable textures of the sculptures.

We then traveled to Blue Mountain. The Three Sisters definitely have intriguing textures through the weathering over the years.

The Crocodile Farm Tour surely let us see close up of the amazing patterns of the Crocodile skins.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Travel Satisfaction

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Most of our traveling experiences were to our satisfaction. My husband had more satisfaction in several of the diving trips. I don’t dive, so I went along as a time for relaxation.

Our family vacation to China was a great satisfaction. The tour company made all the arrangements for sightseeing, and we had our private van and driver.

I would say the trip to Spain last year to celebrate our anniversary was fantastic. We love the beautiful country and appreciate the outstanding architecture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Huge Yellow Sun

 Frank’s theme for this week is “Yellow.”

I usually read Frank’s Challenge in the morning, then find inspiration for my post. On Tuesday late afternoon, coming home from shopping, I saw the sun going down. The sun was unusually big and projected an intensive ray. I rushed home and grabbed my camera, drove to a closest hilly area to take the sunset photos. This was the first time I captured a yellow sun with intensified orange ray in the sky. It was such an amazing moment to behold!

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Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Weekly Photo Challenge – Travel Photo Collage

In the year 1998, I was promoted to be a 12-month school district administrator from a 10-month teacher position. Administrators had 22 vacation days a year, plus 10 days of personal or sick leave.

During my time of working, we were able to acuminate vacation days as many as we wanted. Some administrators acuminated enough days to retired one year early and received pay for the last year as vacation time. Some would cash-in the vacation days. I used some of the days for travel and saved some. The district policy had changed later on. Administrators being hired after a certain year, the vacation days were accumulative up to two years. They either used them or lost them.

Well, after I graduated from my doctorate program in the year 2000, with more than six weeks vacation time a year, my husband and I have traveled to quite a few countries and states. I started to get the dates confused. I decided to make a collage for each travel, and hang them on the wall as a quick reminder of where we have been. It works well. Here are some examples.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge Connection

I came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago. At that time, there were nine bridges in the Willamette Valley. I had to remember which bridge to take from Milwaukie to downtown Portland, or which bridge to take to get on Interstate 5 to go to Seattle, Washington. Forty years later, there is one new bridge that makes ten bridges in Portland, Oregon. In this post, I include one bridge from Portland. Other bridges are from our travel.

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The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, USA. I took this photo from Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood.
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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor, Australia. My husband and I joined a tour to climb to the top of the Bridge.
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London Bridge, London crosses over River Thames in central London. We only had photos taken by the bridge.
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This Bamboo Bridge is in Lan Tau Island, Hong Kong. It needed attention and concentration to walk across this bridge.
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This Suspension Bridge is in Shenzhen, China. My family and I only walked to the middle of the bridge to have photos taken.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge